The Concord City Council unanimously placed Measure V on the November 2020 ballot to continue voter-approved, locally controlled funding for vital City services.
If enacted by voters, Measure V funding would maintain a reliable source of local funding that could not be taken by the State.
Why was Measure V placed on the ballot?
Existing, voter-approved local funding has maintained vital services in Concord. Measure V was placed on the ballot after months of engaging the community to hear their feedback and priorities for city services in these challenging times. Top priorities included:
- Maintain 911 emergency response/disaster preparedness
- Support local businesses/jobs through recovery
- Enhance local street/pothole repair
- Maintain community-based neighborhood patrols
- Maintain gang prevention/crime investigation
How does Measure V address emergency services and preparedness?
The City’s top priority is keeping our community safe, especially now. Measure V will ensure we continue to be ready for any health, public safety, or natural disaster and will maintain emergency response times, crime prevention, and anti-gang programs in Concord.
Does Measure V address road safety and repair?
Yes. Measure V continues to improve aging streets and roads. Concord maintains 60,000,000 square feet of local roads with a $26 million annual road maintenance backlog that will only get more expensive if not addressed. Many of our roads have not had major repair work done in over 20 years. Renewing Measure V will ensure we can continue to invest in our roads and boulevards, create well-paying local jobs boosting the local economy, and make our streets safer for all residents, including first responders who must safely and quickly reach people.
Will Measure V help address and prevent homelessness?
Yes. Like many cities, homelessness has been a growing concern in Concord and in our region. Especially with the pandemic, continuing Measure V funding will speed up efforts to compassionately address homelessness with connections to mental health and housing services while keeping our neighborhoods and public spaces safe and clean for all residents, and our community stable and secure.
What does Measure V cost?
Measure V would extend the existing, voter-approved local sales tax with a half-cent increase to one-cent. Measure V is not applied to prescription medicine or food purchased as groceries. Measure V is not a property tax or a tax on your home. Because Concord is a retail destination, out-of-town shoppers pay their fair share.
Is Measure V fiscally accountable?
Measure V continues to require community and fiscal accountability, including Independent Citizens Oversight, spending priorities based on community input, and mandatory financial audits. Measure V will continue to be spent locally, and no funding can be taken by the state.
When is the election?
Tuesday, November 3, 2020. To check your registration or register to vote, visit registertovote.ca.gov.
Where can I get more information about Measure V?
The City will continue to keep the community informed about Measure V. If you are a member of a community organization that would like to receive a (virtual) presentation on Measure V, please contact Gladys Mecum at Gladys.Mecum@cityofconcord.org or 925-671-3150. You can also find additional Measure V background and voting information in the links below.